JW's believe they put God first more than any other religion. You may know JW's who are kind, loving, and good hearted. However due to Watchtower interference, putting God first is impossible. The following article and links will support this observation. Our ministry was founded out of compassion for those who have been negatively affected.
If a JW prays to God about a question and God gives them an answer, that answer must agree with what the organization teaches. If it does not, they must put the rules of Jehovah's Witnesses ahead of answers God is giving them. JW's cannot disagree with the organization even if they can prove that their viewpoints are Bible based.
The secret book for Elders Shepherd the Flock of God, outlines all the rules for JW's. If they refuse, they can be disciplined, disfellowshipped, disassociated, and shunned as if they are wicked. 1 Cor 5:13 JW's are not allowed to read this book.
If a JW prays and God says it's ok to have a blood transfusion, or attend another church, celebrate a birthday, Mother's Day, or some other holiday, a JW must put the organization first and God second if they want to continue being a JW.
If a JW insists on putting God first, they risk judicial committee meetings, disfellowshipping, and shunning. They could lose all their friends and family members who belong to the organization.
Thus JW's can't put God first. The only way to worship God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength is to leave the organization. If they stay they must obey rules of Jehovah's Witnesses, which may be contrary to the answers God gives them. This means JW's put the organization first and God second.
1a. Watchtower predicts that apostates (JW's who leave the organization), the Clergy of Christendom, all other religions, and their followers will be destroyed by God at armageddon with no hope of a resurrection. They say only JW's have any scriptural hope of surviving. Watchtower Sept 1989
1b. Obviously Watchtower predictions don't scare too many people into joining the Watchtower religion. However it is a powerful form of mind control that keeps JW's loyal to the organization instead of putting God first. They are more afraid of the organization's authority than God's authority. In fact they are confused. To a JW, Watchtower rules and God's rules are exactly the same thing. The JW faith has become synonymous with God. The organization is idolized. They have become like God, - a symbol of salvation just like the Ark in Noah's day. The organization says that rebellion against them is virtually the same as rebellion against God
2. Dedication to God AND the organization is required in their baptismal vows.
3a. The JW organization requires obedience to the rules of Jehovah's Witnesses. They say this, 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' Watchtower Magazine, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
SLAVES should 'strive to be obedient and submissive'. Religious leaders are respected. Some assume the title of Reverend or Father. However the Clergy are not treated like Gods. Christians can disagree with their ministers. Obedience is not required in order to be in relationship with God. The Watchtower demands respect AND obedience. JW's must put Watchtower rules first and God second.
3b. JW's cannot disagree with the Watchtower. However many are not aware of this. All they see is love and the freedom to exercise their conscience at congregation meetings. They sincerely believe they follow the Bible, their conscience, and God, - not the organization. The truth is hidden from women, children, and men who are not appointed Elders. JW's are not entitled to read organizational guidelines, rules, and what will happen if they disobey the organization. This secret information is reserved for Elders in a publication called Shepherd the Flock of God. This book clearly proves that devotion to the Watchtower is required over devotion to God. JW's cannot put God first.
Elders were instructed to guard this book and it's contents at all costs but we were able to obtain a copy. See Mind Control and Theocratic Warfare Quotes (hiding the truth from those not entitled to it).
4. JW's begin to notice they're not free to follow God, their conscience, and the Bible when they attend judicial committee meetings for the first time. This is when Elders explain what the Watchtower requires of JW's who don't want to be shunned by their family and friends. This is when JW's see a side of the organization they didn't notice before. Standing up to Elders and disagreeing with Watchtower rules is not allowed even if you can quote Bible passages to support your position. See Disfellowshipping
5. JW's believe the Watchtower follows the Bible and what it says. They believe all other religions don't teach the Bible because they are working for Satan. This is not true. Read this article based on the organization's Bible study guide: 'What Does The Bible Really Teach' )
6a. The anointed Governing Body of JW's says they are God's 'channel of communication'. In the the organization baptismal vows they say the organization is 'spirit-directed'. However on rare occasions the organization has admitted having no divine inspiration. They say mistakes are possible.
6b. The JW organization is not in contact with spirits because spiritsm is forbidden by the organization. This means that nothing comes from God or his spirit. Everything they teach comes from their own understanding and religious tradition. Their religion is no more truthful than the 'false' religions the organization condemns. Some or all of what they teach could be incorrect.
7. JW's believe the 'anointed' spirit-directed Governing Body of JW's has greater insights and holy spirit than the millions of JW's who are part of the 'great crowd'. According to the organization, this is not true. All JW's are equals. They say, 'Christians who have truly received this anointing do not demand special attention. They do not believe that their being of the anointed gives them special insights beyond what even some experienced members of the “great crowd” may have. (Rev. 7:9) They do not believe that they necessarily have more holy spirit than their companions of the “other sheep” have.' The Watchtower Magazine, June 15, 2009, Article: "The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body", pages 23, 24. Watchtower July 15, 2010 pages 22, 23.
8. Since 1925, JW's have been told they have only 2 choices. The JW organization or Satan's organization. This is a false assumption but JW's believe it's the truth because they've heard the same hypnotic suggestion several times a day for 90 years. See Two Choices
9. Some may argue that JW's can put God first because they are free to leave. That's exactly our point. The only way to put God first is to leave. If they leave they are no longer JW's. Therefore JW's can't put obedience to God ahead of obedience to the organization. Only 'apostates' (those who are no longer JW's) can put God first and worship Him without Watchtower interference.
10. The Memorial Celebration of JW's is a constant reminder that JW's are saved by putting the organization first and God second. Only a few out of 19 million JW's partake of the bread and wine that represents Christ. Why? Because the organization teaches only 144,000 have a relationship with Jesus. However the 144,000 have no authority. All JW's must obey the Governing Body (about 8 men in NY) in order to be saved by Jesus.